So…what about the American League?

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With their latest victory, the Chicago Cubs guaranteed that they would have at least the third best record in Major League Baseball, since at 96 wins banked, they will finish 2015 with a better possible record than any American League opponent.  The Cardinals are still Devil Magic and the Pirates have 97, but again, the Cubs have a chance to tie the Pirates and host the Wild Card game if the Reds can help out.  It’s kind of a bummer that the Cubs are relegated to a play-in while teams with lesser records get a bye, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  Not to mention that the American League, despite having teams with lesser records, are a stronger league for the most part and it’s not always due to the designated hitter.  But I digress, this post is about the AL.

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals have clinched the two best records in the league, and they’re also duking it out for homefield advantage through the World Series (because, you know, the AL won the All-Star Game or some crap).  Toronto has 93 wins and KC has 94, but if they tie on Sunday (TOR wins and KCR loses), then Toronto gets the top overall seed due to a better season record against the Royals.  Otherwise, the Royals have it, which is a pretty amazing run for them after making it to Game 7 of the World Series last year.

As for who they’ll play…that gets tricky.  Due to some bullpen fails, the Texas Rangers haven’t been able to clinch the AL West.  This has been discussed elsewhere, I’m sure, but I thought out loud on Twitter…

A game 163 would be pretty exciting.  I’m not a fan of either Houston (partially due to the inhuman way they treat their players as mere commodities rather than, you know, people) or the Angels (mostly because of how they treated the Josh Hamilton situation and forced out Jerry Dipoto, whether you agree with me or not) so I hope they’re the ones who end up in Game 163 and they have to go 23 innings and tire out every single player.  After which I hope every single series goes the distance so the team that makes it to the World Series will be completely shot before the Cubs come into town.

Hey, a guy can dream.  It’s our mission statement.

 

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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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